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Reviewing the art of crime - what, if anything, do criminals and artists/designers have in common?

Gamman, Lorraine and Raein, Maziar (2010) Reviewing the art of crime - what, if anything, do criminals and artists/designers have in common? In: The Dark Side of Creativity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 155-177. ISBN 9780521139601 [Creative Arts and Design > Others in Creative Arts and Design]
Creators:Gamman, Lorraine and Raein, Maziar

The “dark side of creativity” is a slippery concept to explore because the idea of “creativity” is subject to historically changing definitions. This paper will review some ideas about creativity and when discussing the art of crime as “the dark side of creativity” will try and avoid positioning “Darkness” as “blindness, evil, lack, loss and as the underworld” compared to “Light” as “clarity, hope, goodness, rebirth and life”. Such stark oppositions often contain quasi-religious meanings as exemplified by the Star Wars movies (“Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the force… But beware the desire of the dark side”). Instead we will discuss the dark side of creativity by:
(1) Reviewing definitions of creativity and examining dyslexia and what else artists, designers, criminals and entrepreneurs have in common (Gamman, 2008a).
(2) Further explaining how and why ideas about the dark side of creativity are relevant to understanding the emergence of the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) located at the University of the Arts London. In particular, to understand approaches to design creativity defined as “thinking thief” (Ekblom, 1997) and also the “criminal gaze” (Gamman, 2008b).
(3) Finally, the paper will discuss how and why ideas about the “the art of crime”, as well as actual crime itself, has informed the discourse of transgression associated with art and design, informing a number of creative outputs that we review.

Type of Research:Book Section
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:Cambridge University Press
Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Research Centres/Networks > Design Against Crime at the Innovation Centre (DAC)
Date:12 July 2010
Projects or Series:Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
ID Code:2894
Deposited By:Chloe Griffith
Deposited On:28 Feb 2012 16:15
Last Modified:28 Feb 2012 16:15
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